May 2016 US Congressional Votes

May 30

Recent Senate Votes

Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term “Fiduciary” – Passage – Vote Passed (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage – Vote Passed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The resolution of disapproval nullifies an Agriculture Department inspection program of domestic and foreign catfish. The joint resolution targets a rule that took effect March 1, 2016, and completed the shifting of responsibility for catfish inspections from the Food and Drug Administration to the Agriculture Department.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Recent House Votes

Zika Vector Control – Passage – Vote Passed (258-156, 19 Not Voting)

The bill temporarily modifies the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to prohibit the EPA or a state government from requiring a permit for the use of registered pesticides near navigable waters. It also temporarily alters the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit the EPA and states from requiring permits for the point source use of a pesticide, or the residue resulting from the use of a pesticide, that is registered under FIFRA.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule – Passage – Vote Passed (240-179, 14 Not Voting)

The measure repeals the District of Columbia law that modified D.C.’s home rule charter to allow locally generated funds to be spent without congressional approval, and it modifies the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act to further specify that all city funding is subject to Congress’ annually appropriations process. It also alters the 1973 law to specify that the District has no authority to change the District’s budget process as it relates to congressional review and approval.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Energy Policy Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (241-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill includes all or parts of 37 House-passed measures including legislation that promote the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, require the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and require the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Agreed to (223-195, 15 Not Voting)

The amendment bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. However, the amendment could not violate certain portions of the Constitution.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Failed (112-305, 16 Not Voting)

The bill provides a total of $37.4 billion in funding subject to discretionary caps for fiscal 2017 for the Energy Department and federal water projects. The bill appropriates $6.1 billion in new funding for civil projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides $12.9 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration and almost $6.2 billion for environmental management activities. It also bars the use of funds in the bill to close the Yucca Mountain license application, or to irrevocably remove Yucca Mountain as an option for repository.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

May 23

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The military construction and veterans part of the bill would provide a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The transportation section of the bill would provide $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. The overall measure also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding – Vote Agreed to (68-30, 2 Not Voting)

The second-degree amendment to the substitute amendment provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the Zika virus.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (88-10, 2 Not Voting)

The substitute amendment provides a total $177.4 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding in the military construction and veterans part of the bill for the VA, including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, medical and prosthetic research and homeless veterans assistance. The amendment also funds the transportation section of the bill with $56.5 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2017 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments and related agencies. It also provides $1.1 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Zika virus.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted NO

Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)

The bill provides $622 million in supplemental funds to activities to deal with the Zika virus including $503 million in domestic funding and $119 million in international funding — with the cost of that funding being fully offset. The measure rescinds $352 million originally allocated to fight the Ebola virus along with rescinding $270 million in Department of Health and Human Services administrative funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (277-147, 9 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $543.4 billion for the Pentagon’s base, non-war budget that is subject to spending caps. It also includes $58.8 billion for uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for war operations and other anti-terror activities but provides that $23.1 billion of that total be used for non-war, base defense budget needs, including $18 billion for aircraft, ships and other items.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Vote Failed (212-213, 8 Not Voting)

The amendment would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (295-129, 9 Not Voting)

The measure provides a total of $81.5 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2017 to fund military construction projects and programs of the Veterans Affairs Department and provides $102.5 billion in mandatory spending for fiscal 2017 and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

May 16

Recent Senate Votes

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment – Vote Agreed to (97-2, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to invoke cloture on the Alexander, R-Tenn. substitute amendment that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a measure that would provide $37.5 billion in fiscal 2017 for various items including $6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, $5.4 billion for Department of Energy science research and $12.9 billion for the Department’s nuclear security programs.

Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES

Recent House Votes

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage – Vote Passed (412-4, 17 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that establishes a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to review, modify and update medical best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage – Vote Passed (413-5, 15 Not Voting)

The chamber passed a measure that creates two new grant programs in the Justice Department to assist in combating opioid abuse: one to state, local and tribal governments that could be used for a variety of opioid abuse reduction programs and activities and one to assist veterans suffering from opioid abuse.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill – Vote Passed (400-5, 28 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation, as amended, that includes 18 bills previously passed by the chamber. Among other items, it establishes two grant programs to create state systems under which physicians and others who prescribe opioids to patients would at the same time prescribe opioid overdose reversal drugs to those patients thought to be at an elevated risk of overdose. It also creates a grant program to create state systems under which trained pharmacists may dispense reversal drugs to opioid users or families of those at risk of an overdose and authorizes $5 million through fiscal 2019 for those grants.

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. voted YES

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